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2016 Gold Medal Award Grand Plaque Award Recipients Announced

AAPRA and NRPA Announce Winners of Prestigious Honor During 2016 NRPA Annual Conference

ASHBURN, VA--(Marketwired - October 06, 2016) - The American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration (AAPRA), in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2016 National Gold Medal Grand Plaque Awards for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management. Sponsor of the Gold Medal Awards program is Musco Lighting, LLC.

The 2016 Gold Medal Grand Plaque recipients are:

Class I (population 400,001 and over)

  • Cleveland Metroparks, OH

Class II (population 150,001 - 400,000)

  • Town of Cary Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources, NC

Class III (population 75,001 - 150,000)

  • City of Allen Parks and Recreation Department, TX

Class IV (population 30,001 - 75,000)

  • Willamalane Park and Recreation District, OR

Class V (population less than 30,000)

  • Frankfort Square Park District, IL

Armed Forces Recreation Award

  • US Coast Guard Base Kodiak Morale, Well-Being and Recreation Division, AK

Founded in 1965, the Gold Medal Awards program honors communities throughout the U.S. that demonstrate excellence in parks and recreation through long-range planning, resource management, volunteerism, environmental stewardship, program development, professional development and agency recognition. Agencies are judged on their ability to address the needs of those they serve through the collective energies of citizens, staff and elected officials.

A panel of five park and recreation professionals reviews and judges all application materials. Judges are chosen for their considerable experience and knowledge in parks and recreation on both the local and national levels.

This year's recipients were announced live during the NRPA Annual Conference on Oct. 6 in St. Louis.

For more information on the Gold Medal Awards, go to or

The American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration is a non-profit organization founded to advance knowledge related to the administration of recreation and parks; to encourage scholarly efforts by both practitioners and educators that would enhance the practice of park and recreation administration; to promote broader public understanding of the importance of parks and recreation to the public good; and, to conduct research, publish scholarly papers and sponsor seminars related to the advancement of park and recreation administration. For more information, visit

/ -- The National Recreation and Park Association is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing park, recreation and conservation efforts that enhance quality of life for all people. Through its network of more than 50,000 recreation and park professionals and citizens, NRPA encourages the promotion of healthy and active lifestyles, conservation initiatives and equitable access to parks and public space. For more information, visit For digital access to NRPA's flagship publication, Parks & Recreation, visit

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